Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman gave approval to procure BMP-2 infantry combat vehicles for Indian Army and survey training vessel for Indian Navy at cost of Rs. 1, 850 crores. DAC is Defence Ministry’s highest decision-making body on procurement.
BMP-2 infantry vehicles
The number of combat infantry vehicles to be procured through this contract is 110 at a cost of Rs 1,125 crores. At present, Army has nearly 2,500 such vehicles fitted with machine guns and short range artillery gun to take on enemy tanks and their combat vehicles. Their thick armour plate shields soldiers sitting inside from enemy fire and travel fast on uneven terrain.
Survey Training Vessel
The cost of the ship will be about Rs 626 crores and will be constructed at Indian shipyard under Buy Indian-IDDM category of Defence Procurement Procedure. It aims to augment Indian Navy’s growing hydrographic needs in ports, harbours and exclusive economic zones (EEZs). Indian Navy has been undertaking hydrographic survey for number of friendly nations in Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and beyond.